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Type: Journal article
Title: Sudden infant death syndrome and unclassified sudden infant deaths: A definitional and diagnostic approach
Author: Krous, H.
Beckwith, J.
Byard, R.
Rognum, T.
Bajanowski, T.
Corey, T.
Cutz, E.
Hanzlick, R.
Keens, T.
Mitchell, E.
Citation: Pediatrics, 2004; 114(1):234-238
Publisher: Amer Acad Pediatrics
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0031-4005
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Henry F. Krous, J. Bruce Beckwith, Roger W. Byard, Torleiv O. Rognum, Thomas Bajanowski, Tracey Corey, Ernest Cutz, Randy Hanzlick, Thomas G. Keens and Edwin A. Mitchell
Abstract: The definition of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) originally appeared in 1969 and was modified 2 decades later. During the following 15 years, an enormous amount of additional information has emerged, justifying additional refinement of the definition of SIDS to incorporate epidemiologic features, risk factors, pathologic features, and ancillary test findings. An expert panel of pediatric and forensic pathologists and pediatricians considered these issues and developed a new general definition of SIDS for administrative and vital statistics purposes. The new definition was then stratified to facilitate research into sudden infant death. Another category, defined as unclassified sudden infant deaths, was introduced for cases that do not meet the criteria for a diagnosis of SIDS and for which alternative diagnoses of natural or unnatural conditions were equivocal. It is anticipated that these new definitions will be modified in the future to accommodate new understanding of SIDS and sudden infant death.
Keywords: SIDS; sudden infant death
Description: Copyright © 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020040584
DOI: 10.1542/peds.114.1.234
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